The next day, Sunday, at 7:10 am, young people brought the dead bodies, which included three adult women, two girls (9 and 15) and one two-year-old female baby to the Masisi administration office. The bodies were mutilated, and sticks were forced into the vaginas. The victims were IDPS at Masisi center but natives of Boloto village. Because of a lack of humanitarian assistance in the region, they decided to go and find food in the fields where they were raped, tortured, desecrated and murdered.
Desecrated Two year Old
Sticks in Vaginas
Details of the massacre were confirmed by an online posting by the church organization Agenzia Fides.
4 Hunde women and two children were killed with machetes by members of the Hutu militia Nyatura. The women were surprised by their murderers while they were collecting bananas in a field and were raped before being killed.
Masisi territory in the North Kivu Province has been plagued by conflicts related to land issues and ethnic identity. Currently, the Hunde have no parliamentary representation.
My source made it clear to me that MONUSCO is stretched to the breaking point and in many instances unable to guarantee the safety of civilians. There is no ethnic group or rebel organization that does not have blood on its hands. It is well past the time to sort out ethnic tensions. The violence must stop. Civilians are expendable collateral in a region of Congo that has been abandoned by its government. You can make a case for "good" rebels and "bad" rebels, but until the rule of law is established, photos of mutilated babies and disemboweled women will continue to flood inboxes of anyone who is willing to listen.
The continuing media focus on the M23 rebels, now the Congolese Revolutionary Army, is a carefully crafted distraction organized by anti-Rwandan and anti-Ugandan interests. The end result is one more mutilated baby.
And what about the United Nations report from the discredited Group of Experts (GoE) that leveled accusation on top of accusation on Rwanda and Uganda, threatening regional stability? In an article in the Daily Monitor, Ugandan Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga discussed the allegations and whether Uganda has the moral authority to chair the International Conference for Great Lakes Region. Speaking about the ethnically biased GoE, Kiyonga said this:
For example, they never reached out to the Chief of Military Intelligence. They never reached the Chief of Defense Forces. They never reached the minister of defense, the seriousness of the accusations notwithstanding. So, we protest that wrong procedure. Secondly, why leak the report? They are like children.
What is clear is that in Masisi and elsewhere in eastern Congo heinous crimes against humanity are still the norm. Congo is a failed state, unable to protect her people. International media is indifferent to the day-to-day suffering; parachuting into war zones only when the tanks roll, new rebel groups form, and the RPG's start flying. Sticks in vaginas and babies with no faces hold no immediate interest. It's just a run-of-the-mill massacre.
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